PEN award

Are you a writer with two (but no more than five) published books and financial need? Or, rather, do you know someone who is? If so, check out the PEN award. Past winners are: Lori Aurelia Williams, Graham McNamee, Franny Billingsley and Deborah Wiles.

Note: this is not a hint. Though I’m certainly a working writer, as is my spouse, he had a substantial day job. Other writers need it more.

Speaking of Greg, tonight is the Teddy Awards! Ah, the suspense!

Wondering what’s new and noteworthy? Check out Hot Off The Press from the Children’s Book Council. Congrats to my pals Carolyn Crimi (Boris and Bella, illustrated by Gris Grimly (Harcourt, 2004)) and Carmen T. Bernier-Grand (Cesar: Si Se Puede! Yes We Can, illustrated by David Diaz (Marshall Cavendish, 2004)) on the most deserved attention.